A former Green Bay Packers pass rusher has been traded after one year with their new team. According to multiple reports, Za’Darius Smith has been traded to the Cleveland Browns.
Former Green Bay Packers pass rusher traded to the Browns
According to Tom Pelissero with the NFL Network, the Minnesota Vikings will get two fifth-round picks for Smith. They’ll send the Browns Smith and a sixth and seventh-round pick.
The full trade, per league source:#Browns get:— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 12, 2023
2025 6th-round pick
2025 7th-roundpick#Vikings get:
2024 5th-round pick
2025 5th-round pick https://t.co/outlkV71ME
Smith signed a three-year deal with the Vikings after the Packers released him last offseason. Smith wanted a new contract this offseason and had asked the Vikings to release him. Smith was a significant part of the Packers pass rushing attack during the 2019-21 seasons. He earned two Pro Bowl appearances and earned second-team All-Pro honors while in Green Bay. Smith racked up 26 sacks in his first two seasons with the Packers. He spent most of the 2021 season on injured reserve.
Smith, if healthy, will be a major contributor to the Browns’ defense. The Browns released Jadeveon Clowney in March and needed someone to fill his role to give pass-rushing help this season.
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